Short Programme in Computerised Accounting

Certificate | Part Time | Damelin Short Programme*

The Short Programme in Computerised Accounting offers students an introduction to Professional Pastel Accounting Software. Students are introduced to pertinent skills for small, medium, and large-sized businesses as well as the tools to run accounting procedures. This course offers Bookkeepers and Accounting Personnel an added advantage offering a level of proficiency in Computerised Accounting.

This course is extracted from the Damelin Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree. Students who wish to carry this course towards the Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree must also meet all the programme admission requirements.

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The programme duration is 40 hours and tuition is face to face. Damelin part-time tuition is scheduled per campus. Short programmes are offered during the week, in the evenings and/or Saturday mornings on a part-time basis.

+Career fields

Students can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Computerised Accounting
  • Financial Administration
  • Pastel Accounting


On successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Damelin Short Programme in Computerised Accounting.

+Admission Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification
  • English language proficiency
  • Intermediate level experience in using computers within a Microsoft Windows environment

+Additional Costs

  • Students must make provision for additional items such as textbooks, stationery, supplementary examinations, research costs and printing of study guide etc.

Programme Outline

The following topics are covered in this course:

  • The Accounting and computer systems using Windows
  • The General Ledger and Chart of Accounts
  • Entering data onto Pastel Accounting
  • Processing of daily accounting tasks i.e. Cash Receipts and Payments
  • Sales, Purchases, Petty Cash and Extraordinary Transactions
  • Define and call simple methods
  • Producing Activity reports – Trial Balances, Debtors and Creditors
  • Financial Statements and end of period routines, including ageing